Allegory of the Senses

March 10, 2012

A rare collaboration between two prodigious artists, Jean Bruegel the Eldest and Peter Paul Rubens, “the Allegory of the Senses” was a collection of five paintings representing Sight, Smell, Taste, Hearing and Touch in a manner few succeeded to depict, somehow reassembling the famous La Dame à la licorne French  tapestries. The works were commissioned by the Spanish regents of Holland, the Archduke Albert and Archduchess Isabella.

Sight, 1619

sight

Smell, 1618

smell

Touch, 1617

touch

Taste, 1618

taste

Hearing, 1617-1918

hearing

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